Colorado Tech Weekly #102: Winning the Go Code Colorado Challenge, Visiting Denver Comic Con… Oh and Colorado Tech News

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This past week has been amazing!! Thursday night my Go Code Colorado team, MentorMatter, was one of 3 teams that won a $25,000 contract with the State of Colorado. I worked as a developer on the team to create our site using the Meteor JavaScript framework. I had no prior knowledge of Meteor before the challenge so it was amazing to be able to re-familiarize myself with JavaScript, learn Meteor and contribute to the project all in less than a month. Phew!

This weekend my wife and I got to experience our first ever Comic Con at Denver Comic Con thanks to 2 passes I won from the CTA C-Level event (Thanks for that, by the way)! It was overwhelming, amazing, fun, crazy and amazing (yes, I know I said amazing twice). I loved that Denver Comic Con featured local game development companies and maker spaces with their own section. I would list them all, but I’m afraid I would leave some out. It was so inspiring talking to Colorado authors, artists and developers who get to make a living being creative everyday.

I could go on and on about the Go Code Colorado Challenge and Denver Comic Con and I probably will in separate blog posts, but you didn’t open this post to read about that so without further ado…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero launches new Darkside robot toy [InnovatioNews]
  • Hosting a summer intern? Join Colorado Technology Foundation’s cohort! [CTA]
  • 6 awesome tech companies in Colorado you want to work for right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Comic Con exhibitor, Boulder-based Serenity Forge overcomes odds to mingle gaming with education (Slideshow) [DBJ]
  • 5 job openings at Colorado tech startups that’ll exercise your creative muscles [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver man hacked airliners but he can’t say what he’s learned (yet) [DBJ]
  • 5 places anybody can learn to code in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Go Code Colorado awards three teams $25,000 contracts with Secretary of State [InnovatioNews]
  • Scott McNealy, founder of Sun Microsystems, takes the helm at Denver tech startup Wayin [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Welltok acquires Predilytics to enhance health analytics [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #85: New. Better. More. Bigger. Faster.

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Every week, things in Colorado are new, better, more, bigger and faster. It can be intimidating when you’re looking to get into the software development world. However instead of it being intimidating, I choose to think of it as a good sign. As long as the industry continues to grow and change, there’s room for new developers.

I may be saying these things more for myself than anyone else. Make this week better than last week! I may also be saying that more for myself than anyone else.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Golden-based Wowza flies under radar as it become the content streaming provider of video management industry [InnovatioNews]
  • Greystone acquisition of Fort Collins’ Pixel Rebel follows expansion into Boulder [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based LogRhythm releases new tools to speed detection of cyber attack threats [InnovatioNews]
  • 7 hot Colorado tech companies hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Xcel would raise Colorado electric rates slightly under settlement [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Agribotix launches first on-demand data processing platform for agricultural drones [BuiltinColorado]
  • Louisville-based DaVinci Coders seek to ‘level-up’ careers with game development [CTA]
  • Dan Lynn named new CEO of Broomfield’s CodeFutures to advance agile big data strategies [CodeFutures]
  • Boulder links with Code for America to improve community engagement [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies picks up M2M Evolution IoT Excellence Award [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #65: Seriously. You want to be here.

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More often than not, my headlines are filled with good news. More often than not, I have a hard time choosing only 10 headlines to share. It’s great!

This week I was bailed out by the Colorado Tech Roundup article from Michael Davidson at Xconomy. If you only read one article from this post read that one… then read the other 9 articles… then check out the events because there’s some good ones coming up… then pat yourself on the back because you live in Colorado.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Tech Roundup: Tech wages, CTA’s foundation, and Orbotix [Xconomy]
  • 10 surprising facts you didn’t know about one of Denver’s fastest growing tech companies: ShopAtHome [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital closes $7M in new financing from Silicon Valley bank [AltitudeDigital]
  • Boulder’s LogRhythm Completes $40M Funding Round [CTA]
  • 6 startup perks & the CO companies who provide them [BuiltinColorado]
  • After 15 quarters of 50% plus growth Golden-based Net-Results to double team size & relocate to Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Robert Reich and New Tech Colorado have some great plans for September [BDNT]
  • Enterprise software ‘heavy-hitters’ Jim Franklin and Matt Larson join Boulder-based TapInfluence board of directors [CTA]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot posts strong revenue and customer growth in fourth quarter to cap outstanding fiscal 2014 [DigitalColorado]
  • Fort Collins to consider city broadband service to boost Internet speeds [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #64: Power of two

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64 is a power of two. It’s amazing how powerful the number two is. Do you ever stop to think that everything we do with computers is all just ones and zeros? It blows my mind whenever I think about it.

I got to witness the power of two in a completely different way this weekend. I saw my best friend get married. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a wedding and it was a very moving thing to be a part of my best friend’s wedding. Congratulations Dan and Jen!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fort Collins-based DH2i offers Microsoft SQL Server high availability, lower costs, data protection peace of mind [InnovatioNews]
  • Team sports app TeamSnap in Boulder makes another acquisition, prepares for a beta launch [BuiltinColorado]
  • COIN Summit wraps with goals of better connecting state’s key industries, beefing up STEM education [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Tech Roundup: TeamSnap buys rival, Corgenix sells for $16M [Xconomy]
  • 4 Colorado startups that will make your life easier [BuiltinColorado]
  • JobAdder.com relocates U.S. facility to Denver [DBJ]
  • Centennial-based HotSpot Tax Services gets investment from HomeAway, eyes growth [DBJ]
  • David McCurdy hired to be state’s new chief technology officer [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent brings three new appointments to its executive team to build on record company growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Ecrypt Technologies partners with Cicada Security to market Cicada’s privacy products [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #60: The only thing that is constant is change

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Did you know that my headline is a quote attributed to Greek philosopher Heraclitus? I wonder if his friends called him Cletus.

See, this is the best/worst thing about the internet. I was all set to be done with my post, but then I spent 10 minutes learning all about Cletus because the knowledge so readily available. Luckily I was able to regain my train of focus and, speaking of change, I need to get back to my calculus homework.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder joins ever expanding Galvanize community with new downtown colearning space [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 to float $600 million in notes for TW Telecom deal [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Welltok announces new president and CFO [InnovatioNews]
  • Fort Collins-based startup geekrowd accepted into The Summit Dublin’s ALPHA program [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Radish Systems awarded key patent for ChoiceView [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Health Foundation’s Digital Health Challenge doling out $150,000 to Colorado companies [DBJ]
  • Loveland’s Madwire Media raises $5.5M to fix fragmented digital marketing [BuiltinColorado]
  • Westminster-based SpotXchange sells majority stake to European broadcaster for $144 million [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver cloud computing company ViaWest to sell for $1.2B [BuiltinColorado]
  • Drone startups, like Greenwood Village-based RoboFlight, seek profit in software and the cloud [Xconomy]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #55: It’s not always unicorns and rainbows

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Last weekend Andy Vuong with the Denver Post pointed out a seemingly unfair tax on Denver’s web and app developers. Then I read this article “Do You Believe in LIfe After Startups?” that says all this excitement over startups, accelerators and VCs could just be a bubble priming to burst. Then after that my alternator goes out on my car making me question whether maintaining my car is more expensive than buying a new one. Things were not looking so bright.

But then Greg Avery with the Denver Business Journal put Vuong’s article in some context that Denver’s tax is more old than bad. I realized the startup “bubble” is tempered by the fact that good, experienced VCs and developers won’t fall for bad projects more than once… or twice. And my car? It’s fixed now. I’m also looking for some part-time work so I can get a new car.

If it was always unicorns and rainbows, then we wouldn’t need innovators and disrupters. We wouldn’t need to fail faster or be more agile or lean. Sometimes we need to celebrate these as the opportunities they are.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s tax on web and app development draws ire from software execs [DenverPost]
  • New open source starter kit, from Denver-based AppIt Ventures, saves developers a week of time [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fort Collins-based Bulb raises $1M in Series A funding from angels, prepares for launch of first major digital product [InnovatioNews]
  • Westminster online ad firm Trueffect raises $5 million in funding [TechKnowBytes]
  • Louisville-based CodeFutures rethinks databases, offers AgilData to help companies cope with Big Data management [InnovatioNews]
  • CEOs discuss Colorado’s advantages, challenges, and Boulder vs. Denver [Xconomy]
  • Boulder’s Foundry-backed Mocavo bought by a London family history company [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boomtown Demo Day showcases first six startups to come through unique Boulder accelerator program [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems gets $1.9 billion missile-detection satellite contract [DBJ]
  • Denver’s taxing of software again draws ire of local companies [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #51: Adtech thrives, a #boulderwin and Colorado gets a new CIO

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With my blog approaching on year of consistency I’ve been toying with the idea of adding some advertising to cover some costs so this week’s headlines are perfect!

Next week will be my 52nd CTW post. That’s one year of weekly posts! I feel a little strange approaching this milestone because half of me wants to make it a big deal, but the other half knows this is still just the beginning. I’m definitely going to have to do a recap post about it though to figure out if I’m still doing what I meant to do.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado’s FirstBank updates mobile app with FirstGlance, other new features [TechKnowBytes]
  • Governor Hickenlooper names Suma Nallapati as Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer [CTA]
  • “Girl Develop It” to launch in Fort Collins [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County-based DISH to become first pay-TV and largest company to accept Bitcoin payment [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Datalogix lands $45 million as IPO rumors rise [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the growth of 3 thriving Colorado adtech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • 3 new Boulder startups to look out for this quarter [BuiltinColorado]
  • Opensource and Python development with Ivy Hastings of Fusionbox [BuiltinColorado]
  • New Tech May wrap up [BDNT]
  • KidsTek students in Denver prepare for Swiftie.U [KidsTek]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #50: Growth, more growth and an Airlife app

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I work full-time as an emergency dispatcher, so the Airlife app story got me super excited! There needs to be more out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to technology and emergency services. If only there was some sort of event where creative minds got together to try to improve government services in Colorado…. OH WAIT! Hack4Colorado is this weekend!

If you are planning on participating in Hack4Colorado and you want some cool public safety ideas, let me know. I’ll give you all sorts of ideas. Unfortunately I can’t be there. I’ll be staying up all night waiting for 911 calls instead.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Uvize determined to help veterans make transition to college life [Xconomy]
  • SendGrid moves corporate HQ to larger space in downtown Boulder to support hiring growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Air Ambulance By iPhone: AirLife Denver Releases App [TechRockies]
  • Verizon lights up super fast XLTE mobile broadband network in Colorado [TechKnowBytes]
  • Red Rocks Community College Announces Cyber Security Scholarship Program [YourHub]
  • Westminster’s SpotXchange reports 145 percent revenue growth in the first quarter of 2014 [InnovatioNews]
  • Quickleft recaps Boulder Startup Week 2014 [QuickLeft]
  • Galvanize to open Fort Collins campus next year [BuiltinColorado]
  • OneNeck picks location of new Douglas County data center [DBJ]
  • Walter Scott Jr. officially steps down at Broomfield’s Level 3 [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #49: Incoming jobs from Lockheed, Sendgrid, Layer3 and other good news

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There is a LOT of good news bouncing around this square state and I have a feeling with Boulder Startup Week just wrapping up, Aspen’s and Fort Collins’ Startup Weeks just about to start and Denver Startup Week not too far away that the good news is gonna keep coming. Is there a Startup Week in southern Colorado? There should be.

Also I recently just found out how cool Evernote is. It’s especially cool for a blog like this one. If you have any tips on how to make the best of Evernote, please pass them along. Thanks!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems adding hundreds of commercial space jobs to Colorado HQ in Littleton [DBJ]
  • Vantiv to acquire Durango-based MercuryPay for $1.65 billion [BuiltInColorado]
  • 4 Galvanize Boulder companies you should look out for at its launch this week [BuiltInColorado]
  • SendGrid Expands In Boulder, Ramps Hiring [TechRockies]
  • Layer3 TV picks Denver for its new corporate headquarters [InnovatioNews]
  • gSchool students dominate Boulder Startup Week Hackfest [Galvanize]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 selected to provide secure global content delivery network for Russian game maker [InnovatioNews]
  • Fort Collins startup, Beagle, wins Go Code Colorado Challenge [CTA]
  • New telecom regulations offer benefits to consumers, tech sector [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder to welcome Twitter to town, and celebrate Gnip deal, on June 4 [TechKnowBytes]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #42: Little Bit of Everything. Startups, 3D printing, Education and Media

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Last week I wrapped up my journey into UX Design. I didn’t finish my journey, I just wrapped it up for now. It’s a much bigger subject than I realized and I have a new respect for those that do it as a profession. On Wednesday, I picked up the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book. I spent all day Sunday troubleshooting tools that I only halfway understand so I could learn and develop with Ruby on Rails. Self-directed learning is a lot like the TARDIS, it doesn’t always take me where I mean to go, but it takes me to where I need to be.

I hope you check out Open World Learning’s request for volunteers. Few things are more fun than helping kids get excited about technology. I will get to do just that tomorrow as I am hosting a Hour of Hardware event at my daughter’s elementary school to compliment the Hour of Code event we hosted in the fall. Wish me luck!

Top News

  • 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress (3DCIC) announces final speaker lineup for three-day Colorado Springs gathering in May [InnovatioNews]
  • Rocky Mountain Innosphere in Fort Collins adds first 2014 group of six new client startup companies [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based PQCareers works to humanize the recruiting process [W3W3]
  • Open World Learning’s 5th Annual TechFair Competition Needs Your Help! [CTA]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave unveils WavePoint M2M platform for industry and government applications [InnovatioNews]
  • From Techstars to Galvanize, Denver’s GoSpotCheck now heads to Google HQ for inaugural Demo Day [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity ups its mobile security hold with acquisition of Accells Technologies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Legislature declares Colorado Aerospace Day; criticizes feds for NASA cuts [DBJ]
  • This would be huge! Dish Network’s Ergen talks merger with DirecTV CEO, says report (Video) [DBJ]
  • ShowMobile, a media app based in Denver, meets kids where they live — on their phones [DBJ]

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